Hopkinton COVID-19 update for Feb. 7: Town to get Pfizer vaccine, start scheduling appointments this week

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for Feb. 7.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
Special Update — Local Vaccine Information
Feb. 7 update

Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/

The commonwealth has notified the Hopkinton Health Department that the Town will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine​. Hopkinton has been working with neighboring communities to conduct a regional vaccine clinic for our residents. ​Per the state’s schedule, Only Phase 1 and 75-plus-year-old residents are eligible for vaccines at this time. ​The Town of Hopkinton will begin offering public vaccination appointments beginning the week of Monday Feb. 8. ​Any eligible resident that had signed up for notification prior to Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. will receive an email with a link to book their appointment. ​If an email was not provided, you will be called tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 8) and offered assistance with registration for an appointment. ​Anyone who is interested in registering for the remaining and future vaccinations should sign up via ​the L​ocal option Phase 2 notification form​ ​and you will be notified if additional appointments are available.

SECOND DOSES​: Please note, the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses three weeks apart. ​Both doses must be administered at the same location​. Therefore, you will be asked to set up your second vaccination appointment as you check out of your initial appointment. You do not have the ability to schedule both vaccinations when making your first appointment. If you received your first dose anywhere other than a Hopkinton Health Department clinic, you ​cannot​ receive your second dose through the Hopkinton Health Department. If you receive your first dose through the Hopkinton Health Department, you will receive your second dose through Hopkinton Health Department as well.

FUTURE CLINICS:​ The Hopkinton Health Department is planning on hosting clinics one or more days per week, depending on the availability of vaccines. Additional clinics will be scheduled as the town is notified that it will receive additional Pfizer doses. There is still considerable unpredictability around the continued delivery of vaccines from the state to local health departments and we ask that residents continue to search ​all​ available vaccination locations at mass.gov/covidvaccinemap​. You can sign up for available appointments at maimmunizations.org​. It is OK to be on multiple waiting lists, until you have a vaccine ​confirmation​!

You may call the Hopkinton Senior Center weekdays at 508-497-9730 to be added to the notification list or receive assistance in scheduling vaccine appointments in either Hopkinton or at another site. ​If you do not have an email address, you can still sign up to be notified when vaccines are available by providing your phone number.

As a reminder, eligible recipients are currently those in ​Phase 1​ or those 75-plus.
Learn more about the vaccine and how to prepare for your appointment and at ​mass.gov/vaccine​.

COVID-19 Vaccine Free For Everybody
It doesn’t matter if you have insurance or not, or what insurance provider you have. Anyone who asks for payment to put you on a list, reserve your spot, or make an appointment for you is a scammer. Do not make any payment for a COVID-19 reservation or vaccine. More info from the FCC here: ​fcc.gov/covid-19-vaccines-scams

Safe Ways to Watch the Super Bowl — ​REMINDER

The CDC has released guidelines for safely watching the Super Bowl. Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate the Super Bowl this year. If you do have a small gathering with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is safer than indoors. This year, choose a safer way to enjoy the game! ​Click here for more information​.

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Hopkinton Town Hall reopened to the public as of Aug. 10. Appointments are required ​due to the state’s COVID-19 limits on building occupancy​: ​Click here for more information​. All town departments are open for business and many transactions can be completed online. We are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be ​found here​. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed.

Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands often, and be safe.

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Hopkinton also posts frequently on social media. Our Twitter is the best place to keep up with all happenings Hopkinton. You don’t need an account to see our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/HopkintonMA

Complete list of Emergency Orders and Guidance from Mass.gov
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency

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